David Johnson Injury Update Clouds Week 10 Fantasy Outlook Playing Alongside Kenyan Drake
It's not too long ago that the Arizona Cardinals' backfield looked completely barren with both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds banged up.
They quickly addressed that by trading for Kenyan Drake, who had an outstanding debut in Week 9, and now that David Johnson expects to play in Week 10, the backfield is suddenly crowded.
Despite joining the Cardinals on a short week and debuting in a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Drake was outstanding. He notched 110 yards and one TD on 15 carries, adding 52 receiving yards on four targets. That kind of production is going to make him hard to keep off the field, particularly because that's more yards from scrimmage than Johnson has notched in any game this year.
Johnson is no slouch himself, though, and he had at least 65 receiving yards in each of his last three healthy games, averaging 132.3 yards from scrimmage on 19.0 touches (13.3 carries and 5.7 receptions) per game during that stretch.
Johnson has a history of being used in the passing game from wide receiver alignments, and this versatility could allow the Cardinals to get both backs on the field at the same time.
Johnson also has a much longer track record of success with the Cardinals, and the lead running back job is still likely going to be his to lose.
Drake will likely cut into Johnson's workload some, but that's nothing new, as we had already seen Chase Edmonds play an expanded role in the last few games before Johnson went down.
Both Johnson and Drake stand to offer some fantasy value this week in particular, in a potential shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson sits at RB11 with Drake at RB31 in our Week 10 PPR fantasy football rankings.
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